Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, tested several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.
Making the final crewed landing of the Apollo Program, Apollo 17 touched down on the lunar surface on December 11, 1972, at 2:54 p.m. EST. Along with mission Commander Gene Cernan, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt guided the Lunar Module Challenger towards the Taurus-Littrow Valley. Schmitt, the only geologist to land on the Moon, and Cernan spent three days on the lunar surface. Learn more about Apollo 17: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo17.html#.Uqh0wncnYfw
Machines don't just happen. They are dreamt, designed, developed, built and flown. The Space Shuttle Orbiter came out of the same malaise era that brought us rich Corinthian leather, 180 HP V8s and chassis stiffness akin to a wet sheet. Nonetheless, the orbiter was a remarkable machine. It was designed and built by Rockwell International in Palmdale, CA after an extensive design competition to develop the next generation of space vehicle after the Apollo program and the a Saturn V. The...
Space Travel / Apollo Program of NASA (USA): Apollo 17 launched on 7.12.1972, landed (earth) 19.12.; (the astronauts E.Cernan, R.Evans & H.Schmitt landed at Taurus Littrow landing site on the moon, 11.12.1972;final landing in Apol.series)